Job interview: how to answer tricky questions?

It is common for recruiters to ask unusual questions to the candidates as a way to tickle their brains or just have an idea of just how quick-witted they are. Those wierd questions that some employers love asking can sometimes unsettle some candidates who did not see them coming. Unfortunately in this game nothing is off limits when it comes to using the good techniques that could help find the best profiles for the job. As a candidate you must be prepared for the unusual questions. Let’s review the most frequently asked ones.

Tell me about yourself…

This vague question is a classic during a job interview. It seems easy but it is unsettling at the same time because of how nosy it actually is. The goal is not to only find out about the real person who is behind the candidate but also test your rebound abilities.

It is clearly impossible to give a good answer. However, the candidate should avoid giving long answers. Thus, after introducing yourself, don’t be afraid to ask the person yo are speaking to, if he wants you to elaborate on a certain detail. The rest of your speech will depend on the answer you will get from them. It will allow you to be more on point.

Tell us about your strength and weakness…

People who have been at job interviews can’t deny having once been asked that question that is another classic, frequently asked questions. A lot of candidates actually get prepared in advance for that one by listing their strengths and weaknesses. The answers,lots of candidates usually give, are not very convincing or worse demonstrate a lack of humility.

The default answer used by many candidates is “ I am too much of a perfectionist”, clearly it is a sad way of turning a strength into a weakness. But really, is it necessary to lie especially when they don’t believe you?

If really you are, let’s say, not really organized, there is nothing wrong with mentioning it, as long as you are showing that you want to work on that. The only mistake you should avoid at any coast would be to talk about a weakness that has a direct impact on your work. It is actually common sense.

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